Searching for the Next Misty Copeland: Why Ballerinas of Color Are in Such Short Supply
When Cuban-American ballerina Alina Abrantes hears the name Misty Copeland, one word enters her mind.
“Hope,” she replied during a practice session at the Dance Theatre of Harlem where she’s studying this summer. “If [Misty] made it, I can make it. Now I’m so obsessed with her.”
Copeland, 32, sent ballerinas of color into a joyous frenzy recently when the prestigious American Ballet Theatre made her the first African-American woman to serve as principal dancer of a major ballet company.